Suspected attacker dead after driving car into police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees

Suspected attacker dead after driving car into police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees

Policemen and cars near Champs Elysees. Police direct cars to move away. Photograph: (Reuters)

WION Web Team Paris, France Jun 19, 2017, 09.19 PM (IST)

An armed driver who drove a car into a police van on Paris's Champs-Elysees avenue "in an attempted attack" is dead, France's interior minister Gerard Collomb said.

The driver was unconscious after he was pulled out of the flaming vehicle and he was "very likely dead," police and the interior minister earlier told AFP.

Police sources earlier told AFP that a Kalashnikov rifle, handguns and gas bottles were found in the Renault Megane.

Police say the situation is now under control, with no one injured, BBC reported.
 

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Police and judicial sources told AFP they suspect the incident was a deliberate act.

Police have closed two of the metro stations on the Champs-Elysees, a major tourist draw in the French capital.

The incident comes just two months after a policeman was shot and killed on the world-renowned avenue, three days before the first round of France's presidential election.

A note praising the Islamic State group was found next to the body of the gunman, Karim Cheurfi, in that incident. 

Police later found other weapons in Cheurfi's car including a shotgun and knives.

France has been hit by a wave of deadly terror attacks in recent years.

The country is still under a state of emergency imposed after the November 2015 attacks in Paris by the Islamic State, when IS jihadists killed 130 people in a night of carnage at venues across the city.

In January 2015, attackers targeted the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine. In November that year, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked venues around Paris including the Bataclan concert hall, killing 130 people.


 

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Police pulled the driver out of the flaming vehicle and he was 'very likely dead', an interior ministry spokesman said
  • Police and judicial sources told AFP they suspect the incident was a deliberate act
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